Real power comes from confronting the challenges each woman faces and passing on hard-won wisdom. This article starts that conversation.

Charting my own path has been a challenge, just as it is for women everywhere. We all struggle with the same questions: Am I entitled to write and live my own legacy beyond my roles as daughter, wife, mother, sister, employee, friend? Am I worth it? The answer has to be yes. At each challenge, we have to give ourselves permission to grow, evolve and change. I now have a new definition of power. It’s passing on what we have learned and creating meaningful change through these experiences. That’s the kind of power that truly matters.

By Maria Shriver on Leadership | NEWSWEEK

Shriver will host the annual Women’s Conference in Long Beach, Calif., on Oct. 23. The conference will bring together more than 60 world leaders and nearly 14,000 women. For more information, go to

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